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The Inventor Is the Human Not the AI Machine, U.K. Court Rules

Sept. 21, 2021, 3:05 PM

The humans who pave the way for an invention to be created through artificial intelligence are the inventors for patent purposes -- not the machine that’s running the AI, a U.K. court ruled Tuesday.

The 2-1 ruling is a blow to the Artificial Intelligence Project, a group run by University of Surrey Law Professor Ryan Abbott that’s launched a global effort to get a computer listed as an inventor. The setback follows a similar decision from a U.S. court earlier this month, though the project has won key decisions in South Africa and Australia.

Imagination Engines Inc. founder Stephen ...